Songimvelo Game Reserve

Songimvelo Game Reserve

Songimvelo Game Reserve is South Africa's largest provincial game reserve, covering an area of almost 50,000 ha, and is managed by Mpumalanga Parks Board. The reserve lies along the Eastern Drakensberg escarpment between Barberton and Badplaas. The Songimvelo Game Reserve is characterized by a diverse and magnificent landscape which consists of open plains, forested ravines and gorges, hidden valleys and rolling hills. The reserve lies within an area of high plant diversity, and includes an impressive total of almost 1,500 known plant species, including a number of more recently discovered varieties. Songimvelo is also home of the last wild population of Woolly Cycad.

Due to the varying altitudes, climate, and geology, the reserve supports a wide diversity of bird and animal life. The grasslands within the reserve attract herds of game such as Burchell's Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Waterbuck and Blesbok, while other species such as giraffe, Impala and Kudu are more often sighted in the denser woodlands.

Songimvelo is also home to a thriving community of White Rhinoceros. Buffalo are also seen from time to time in the reserve. Leopard, Blackbacked Jackal, and Brown hyena are also common , however these predators are nocturnal, and so they are seldom seen.

Songimvelo provided habitat for 300 bird species, making it a popular destination for avid birders. Species at Songimvelo include such as African Finfoot, Broad-tailed Warbler, Southern White-bellied Korhaan, Red-billed Oxpecker, African Black Duck, Martial Eagle, Red-throated Wryneck, Sharp-billed Honeyguide and Croaking Cisticola. Within the upper reaches of the reserve, visitors can expect to see a variety of forest birds such as Knysna Lourie, Chorister and Starred Robins, and Orange Ground Thrush. Among the species to found on lower slopes are Goldenbreasted Bunting, Brubru Shrike, Plumcoloured Starling and Sheelly's Francolin. A selection of raptors such as Gymnogene, Martial Eagle and Brown Snake Eagle are also often seen soaring over the reserve.

For visitors the Songimvelo game Reserve features a picturesque picnic site llocated alongside a smal stream. The picnic site is equipped with permanent braai facilities, running water and flush toilets. Also offered are guided game drives in 4x4 vehicles and interesting and informative hikes through the bush. Rustic accommodation and camp sites are also available at the Kromdraai camp in the eastern portion of the park .

Accommodation Near Songimvelo Game Reserve

Red Berry B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Mbabane

36.0km South East of Songimvelo Game Reserve

Visiting The Kingdom of Swaziland? Join us at the Red Berry Bed and Breakfast. Set within a secure Estate overlooking the magnificent Sibebe Rock and Pine Valley, you will find an ideal place to overnight...

Cussonia Private Game Ranch

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Nelspruit

36.7km North of Songimvelo Game Reserve

Tranquil and safe bush camp in the Lowveld. Rustic self-catering camp sleeps 18 people on a 400Ha Game farm.

Sleeps: 22 in 7 units/rooms

Oluchi Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Nelspruit

38.3km North West of Songimvelo Game Reserve

If peace, tranquillity & nature is what you crave, then Oluchi is the place to visit. Only 10 km outside Nelspruit, Oluchi is situated in a 2 700ha conservancy which houses the biggest Rhino Rehabilitation Centre in the world. We boast spectacular views,

Mountain Inn Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Mbabane

39.8km South East of Songimvelo Game Reserve

Mountain Inn is the executive and diplomat's choice for comfort, convenience and information networking. Swaziland's most personal hotel-situated only 4kms from Mbabane center - is a professional, yet family run establishment.

Sleeps: 28 in 15 units/rooms

Eden Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Mbabane

40.3km South East of Songimvelo Game Reserve

The name Eden, aptly named, is a complete private home. This exquisite guesthouse is set in a beautiful secluded garden. Our tranquil setting provides relaxation for our guests.


Kaapsche Hoop Gastehuis

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Kaapsche Hoop

45.7km North West of Songimvelo Game Reserve

Nestled on the edge of the Mpumalanga escarpment, Kaapsche Hoop looks over the valleys toward Barberton and Nelspruit and in this tranquil setting you will find "Kaapsche Hoop Gastehuis" (Guesthouse).


Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Kaapsche Hoop

45.7km North West of Songimvelo Game Reserve

Clarizma is built in the authentic architecture of the 1880's. The house boasts two double rooms and another are with a bunker bed. One of the two bathrooms is en-suite and the kitchen is fully equipped for self catering

Bergsig Self Catering

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Nelspruit

45.9km North West of Songimvelo Game Reserve

Ideal accommodation with exceptional rates. Centrally located. Breathtaking mountain views

Sleeps: 60 in 10 units/rooms

Shandon Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Nelspruit

45.9km North West of Songimvelo Game Reserve

The beautifully furnished en-suite bedrooms are all twin/double bedded with own entrance leading from a wide verandah. Smoking is not permitted in the rooms, but it is provided for on the verandah. All rooms are equipped with the following: Colour...

Sleeps: 38 in 14 units/rooms

Casa Montanja

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Nelspruit

46.4km North West of Songimvelo Game Reserve

Our rooms all have tastefully selected furnishings and linen, and are stylishly decorated. The rooms are set in different locations on the property and most have their own private entrance and patio.